Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Betty & Veronica Honor Easter by Highlighting the Plight of the Rich in B&V FRIENDS EASTER ANNUAL #247!

I picked up my copy of B&V Friends Easter Annual #247 expecting stories that exemplify Christ's sacrifice and resurrection. And I'm pretty sure that this message was buried deep, deep, deep within the brand new lead story, titled "It's a Ron-derful Life!" Somewhere...

This story -- which features writing by Angelo DeCesare, pencils by Fernando Ruiz, inks by Bob Smith, letters by Jack Morelli, and colors by Glenn Whitmore -- starts out with the Riverdale Gang openly reflecting on Veronica's life and how much easier she has it than all of the others.

Unfortunately, Veronica overhears this conversation and vows to teach the kids that her life is pretty tough! Well, she actually vows to teach Betty this lesson. Because it's their shared comic book digest. But you get where this is going!

She beckons Betty to Lodge Manor the following morning and instructs Smithers to help her best friend follow Ronnie's typical Saturday routine. Which naturally starts with breakfast in bed. But not pancakes or eggs or coco puffs or anything good like that. Betty is forced to eat highly nutritious green slime for her breakfast in bed!

And things go downhill from there! Case in point...

Betty's day-as-Veronica goes pretty much like this from dusk until dawn, so I'm pretty sure that Betty gains a better appreciation for Veronica's torturous lifestyle! Assuming that she eventually recovers from her exhaustion!

Sadly, I was expecting Easter eggs, if not resurrections. But that wasn't in the cards within this issue. Which makes me wonder why they bothered making this an Easter Annual in the first place. I'm sure there was a marketing reason behind that one!

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